- EXPO & Packet Pick-up
- Gear Check
- Important Race Information
- Qualifying for Boston
- Race Registration
- Run for a Reason
- Runner Goodies
- Start and Finish Areas
The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 17, 2021.
The We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2021.
Click here for Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron.
All Houston Marathon Committee event fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event you are unable to participate, for any reason, you will not receive a refund.
All registered runners can also add a verified time to their participant account until Nov. 30, 2020.
All time standards are listed below and must comply with the following rules.
- Only the distances included above will be accepted.
- Time must have been run on or after January 1, 2019.
- All submissions will be reviewed and verified.
- Verification will be based on official chip time.
- Road race times only; no track times or triathlon times will be accepted.
- Race must be a USATF or foreign equivalent certified course with online race results.
- Verified times may ALSO be used for front corral seeding if the verifiable time is equal to or faster than the OPEN time standards listed below.
- Age graded qualifying times are based upon each athlete’s age on the date of the 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
|Qualifying Time Standards for Guaranteed Entry|
|Gender||Age Group||Marathon||Half Marathon||10K|
|Male & Female||OPEN (all ages)*||4:00:00||1:52:55||0:51:08|
|Age Graded Time Standards for Guaranteed Entry
Age graded standards do not qualify runners for front corral seeding.
|Male||80 and over||4:55:00||2:19:27||1:02:15|
|Female||80 and over||5:25:00||2:24:04||1:02:45|
*Time standard also qualifies runner for front corral seeding
Yes. Military discounts are available for active and retired U.S. military personnel. This offer is not available for dependents. Please email the Houston Marathon Committee prior to registering at email@example.com for additional information.
Discounts will be offered to Marathon and Half Marathon participants only.
The Houston Marathon Committee will not issue refunds for the military discount once you have registered.
Yes. Please click here for information on our athletes with disabilities program.
No, we do not have a waitlist.
Switch Categories (i.e Races)
If you are registered for the marathon or half marathon, for a fee, you may switch to a different race category (i.e. from the marathon to the half marathon or 5K, or from the half marathon to the marathon or 5K). All switches must be completed by the deadline listed below.*
- April 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020: $20, plus the difference between what you paid for the half marathon and marathon – if switching up
- December 1, 2020 – January 6, 2021 @ 12 pm: $40, plus the difference between what you paid for the half marathon and marathon – if switching up
Instructions: Log in to your participant account (Click Here), select registration options on the bottom right of the screen, select “Switch Categories” and complete the process.
*If a participant does not switch their race by the deadline and runs a different race then they are registered for on race day, their results will be ineligible to be scored.
5K participants may not switch up to the marathon or half marathon.
Participants will not be able to cancel their registrations.
No, the Houston Marathon does not allow the transfer of registrations.
Registered runners who give their bib to another person and the person to whom the bib is given will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in subsequent Houston Marathon events for a minimum of two years.
If a participant is caught cheating, they will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in Houston Marathon events for a minimum of 2 years.
The Houston Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO presented by Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist is home to Packet Pick-Up for all Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, We Are Houston 5K, and Run for a Reason participants – and is FREE and open to the public. So bring your friends and family to join in the fun!
George R. Brown Convention Center, 3rd Floor Entrance through Hall B
- Friday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Each participant will receive a final confirmation for packet pick-up sent via email (if you provided a valid email address during registration). You will need to bring a government-issued photo ID and an electronic or printed copy of your confirmation to the EXPO to pick up your packet. A photo ID is not required for children 17 and under. There is no packet pick-up the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. If you do not pick up your packet at the EXPO, you will not be able to run in your race. Packets will NOT be mailed.
There is no packet pick-up on the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Packet pick-up will be held at the Houston Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO presented by Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist.
If you do not pick up your packet at the EXPO, you will not be able to run in your race. Packets will NOT be mailed.
There WILL be race day packet pick-up for the We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron on January 16, 2021.
Yes, but participants may only pick up ONE participant packet in addition to their own. There is a designated area on your final confirmation that allows you to release your packet to someone else. Your friend will need to bring a hard copy of your final confirmation with your signature in the designated area along with a printed or electronic copy of your government-issued photo identification in order to retrieve your packet. A photo ID is not required for children 17 and under.
Participants are limited to picking up a packet for ONE additional participant. Those picking up for a child 17 and under may pick up more than one additional packet. No group pick-up will be allowed.
You will be notified of your assigned bib number when you receive your final confirmation via email in early January.
You will be notified of your corral assignment via email in December.
Each participant will receive a final confirmation sent via email (if you provided a valid email address during registration).
Be sure to check your spam folder for the confirmation email.
Bring a government-issued photo ID and an electronic or printed copy of your confirmation to the EXPO to pick up your packet. A photo ID is not required for children 17 and under. A confirmation reprint will also be available on our website in early January, if you do not receive the email.
Yes. Entrants who are assigned to different corrals but wish to start together may do so. If your friend was placed in a corral behind yours, then you are welcome to forego your assignment and join them in the other corral. Entrants may move back to another corral, but not forward.
No predictions here! Below are averages from previous Houston Marathons:
Average low temperature: 45F
Average high temperature: 63F
Mean average temperature: 54F
The race will go on regardless of precipitation. The race will only be cancelled if weather conditions present imminent danger to participants.
The marathon and half marathon athletes with disabilities start is at 6:50 a.m. The remaining marathon and half marathon participants will start at 7:01 a.m.
Estimated Corral start and clear times:
|7:01 AM||Elites & Participants||Race starts|
|7:06 AM||Participants||A Corral clears|
|7:07 AM||End A Corral, B Corral is walked to Start Line|
|7:13 AM||Participants||B Corral reaches Start Line|
|7:22 AM||End B Corral, C Corral is walked to Start Line|
|7:29 AM||Participants||C Corral reaches Start Line, with D Corral immediately follows|
|7:52 AM||Participants||All Corrals Clear (all times are estimates only)|
The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon start line is on Congress Avenue at San Jacinto.
The finish is at Lamar and Crawford, one block up from the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The easiest way to find your family and friends after the half or full marathon race is to have a plan beforehand. An easy place to meet up post-race is the Reunion Area in Hall A of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Reunion Area is marked with signs showing letters of the alphabet and runners are encouraged to ask their family and friends to meet them under the sign showing the first letter of the runner’s last name. If you are a Run for a Reason charity participant, you are encouraged to meet family and friends outside at Charity Village.
Be sure to visit RunFest located just feet from the finish line and hang out with friends and family after the race.
The George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) will be open at 5:00 a.m. We suggest that runners arrive at the GRB before 5:30 a.m. since the Houston Police Department will begin closing streets in and around downtown at 5:30 a.m. Please keep in mind that there may be heavy traffic and you may have to park a few blocks away from the GRB. Give yourself extra time to make sure you are not late!
You will receive a clear gear check bag during packet pick-up at the EXPO. This clear gear check bag is the ONLY bag you may check before the race. No other bags will be accepted at Gear Check. Clear bags that contain other bags will not be accepted.
Gear Check is located in Halls C and D of the George R. Brown Convention Center. A map of the GRB can be found in your participant guide which you will receive via email or on our website as we get closer to the race.
You will find a gear check tag attached to the top of your race bib. The tag is printed with your bib number. Detach the tag and attach it to the Gear Check bag you received as part of your race packet and bring it to Gear Check in Halls C and D in the George R. Brown Convention Center.
An additional gear claim ticket is attached to the bottom of your race bib. After the race, visit the Gear Check area and present your gear claim ticket to retrieve your bag.
The time limit for the half marathon is four hours. However, in order to complete the race faster than the roads are being re-opened to vehicular traffic, all half marathon participants must be able to maintain a pace of 13:45 per mile or faster over the first eight miles of the course. Any half marathoners finishing after the four hour time limit will not be scored as official finishers.
The time limit for the marathon is six hours. The course will close on a rolling schedule, with the finish line closing at approximately 1:55 p.m. Marathon runners must sustain a pace of approximately 13:45 per mile in order to finish ahead of the course closure.
Under no circumstances may participants be on the course before the official start time. Beginning before the official start time will result in disqualification.
Participants are not allowed on the course after the streets are reopened to vehicular traffic. Participants who fall behind pace will be asked by the Houston Police Department to board the final SAG vans as roads reopen to vehicular traffic.
Based on the six hour marathon time limit, if participants have not reached the following locations by the time shown, they will be instructed by race officials to take a SAG back to the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Participants will not be allowed on the course after these times.
Mile 8 – 9:50 a.m. Marathon/Half Marathon Split
Participants behind pace will be directed to complete the half marathon course
Mile 14 – 11:15 a.m. Post Oak Blvd. at Richmond Ave.
Participants behind pace will be directed to catch the SAG van back to the GRB
Mile 20 – 12:35 p.m. Memorial Dr. at I-610
Participants behind pace will be directed to catch the SAG van back to the GRB
No times are recorded after the four-hour and six-hour time limits for the half marathon and marathon, respectively. Participants finishing over the four or six hour time limit (chip time) will not be considered official finishers.
Yes, we do offer pacers for the marathon. The Pace Team is a group of runners who run together during the Chevron Houston Marathon. They share the same finish time goal (from 3 hrs to 6 hrs) and help one another stay on pace.
We do not have a pace team specific to the half marathon, but the marathon and half marathon starting corrals are combined and based on pace and both races share the same course for the first 8 miles. Half marathon participants are welcome to line up in the starting corral with their desired pace group and may follow their pacer until the marathon participants turn off onto the separate marathon course.
For more information, please click here.
The course is a 50/50 mix of concrete and asphalt/blacktop, similar to the course composure of the Boston or Chicago Marathon
Water stations are located approximately every 1.5 miles along the course, beginning at mile 2. Each water station will provide water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime) to participants.
Medical aid stations are located approximately every other mile beginning at mile 5, and every mile from mile 19 to the finish.
Port-a-cans are located following every refueling station.
There are a number of items that are not allowed on the course. Here is a partial list of what is NOT allowed on the course: weapons of any kind, including firearms, runners going backward, runners not wearing a bib, animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates or rollerblades and any wheeled vehicles other than wheelchairs and handcycles. Wheelchair, handcycle and duo athletes must wear helmets.
Click here for a complete list of prohibited items from the events. Prohibited items and actions are subject to change and course officials reserve the right to remove any runner for violations of this policy.
The HMC discourages the use of headphones. Athletes competing for prize money are not allowed to use electronic devices such as headphones and ear pieces. If you wear headphones, please be aware of emergency vehicles, announcements and other runners along the course.
If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per USATF rules, gun time is used to determine prize money winners and time bonus recipients. Tag time (chip time) will be used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients.
Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each race for the following age categories: 11 and under (half marathon & 5K only), 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
To qualify as an award category, there must be at least three participants registered.
There will be no awards ceremony. All age group awards will be mailed following the event.
Marathon and half marathon finisher merchandise will be handed out in the GRB after the Sunday races. All finishers will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Marathon and half marathon runners will use the “finisher shirt” ticket attached to the bottom of their bibs to claim their finisher shirt. Marathon finishers will also receive a glass beer stein. 5K finisher merchandise will be handed out after the Saturday race.
Finishers that were registered for both the 5K and marathon or half marathon will receive a third medal. The medals will be located inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall E, following the start of the Sunday races. After the race, please present your marathon or half marathon medal and verify your name to receive your Houston Double medal.
The Houston Marathon Committee offers an Athlete tracking messaging service for all marathon and half marathon participants through the mobile app. This service allows registered users to track their favorite runner as they pass various course checkpoints. The #HouMarathon mobile app is available for apple and android devices.
During the race, Live Searchable Results are available at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com. You can look up a runner’s status on the website using the runner’s last name. Following the race, results will be posted on our website.
Visit the Information Booth located inside Hall B of the GRB. The staff here has access to a list of all runners who have been admitted to, discharged from and/or transferred from the Medical Area.
The chart below shows the approximate times that the first runners will arrive at each mile marker. Please keep in mind that these times are approximate and showing up at the time listed does not guarantee that you will see the first runners as they streak by.
|Mile 1: 7:05 a.m.||Mile 10: 7:50 a.m.||Mile 19: 8:34 a.m.|
|Mile 2: 7:10 a.m.||Mile 11: 7:55 a.m.||Mile 20: 8:39 a.m.|
|Mile 3: 7:15 a.m.||Mile 12: 8:00 a.m.||Mile 21: 8:44 a.m.|
|Mile 4: 7:20 a.m.||Mile 13: 8:05 a.m.||Mile 22: 8:49 a.m.|
|Mile 5: 7:25 a.m.||Mile 14: 8:09 a.m.||Mile 23: 8:54 a.m.|
|Mile 6: 7:30 a.m.||Mile 15: 8:14 a.m.||Mile 24: 8:59 a.m.|
|Mile 7: 7:35 a.m.||Mile 16: 8:19 a.m.||Mile 25: 9:04 a.m.|
|Mile 8: 7:40 a.m.||Mile 17: 8:24 a.m.||Mile 26: 9:09 a.m.|
|Mile 9: 7:45 a.m.||Mile 18: 8:29 a.m.||Finish: 9:10 a.m.|
Parking information for 2021 coming soon.
The Run for a Reason program is a charity campaign that happens in conjunction with the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K. Money raised through the Run for a Reason program goes to the official charities.
Runners can donate to a Chevron Houston Marathon official charity during the registration process or by visiting the Run for a Reason page.
Both participants and non-participants may create their own fundraising pages, donate to someone else’s donation page, or make a donation directly to the official charity of their choice from the Run for a Reason page. Please note that creating a fundraising page does not register you for our races.
Yes! The Run for a Reason charity program offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half marathon races through “Heroes” charity registration and “Fundraising for Registration” options. Entries are available for a limited time for each race.
HERO entry: $350, plus the registration fee.
Fundraising for Registration (FFR) entry: Price is determined by each charity, plus the registration fee.
The best and easiest way to raise money for the Run for a Reason charity program is to create an online fundraising page. Using this page, you will be able to set a fundraising goal, email potential donors, keep track of your donations and send thank you emails.
To create your personal fundraising page, go to the Run for a Reason tab, scroll down to your preferred charity, click on their logo, then select “Become a Fundraiser” . Enter your information to complete the process and create your fundraising page.
Yes! Companies, organizations and groups that would like to support an official charity through the Run for a Reason program can do so via our Corporate Running Team or Sidewalk Squad Program. The Corporate Running Team Program is an active way to encourage wellness, team building and charitable giving within your organization and alongside other like-minded companies. By participating in the event and fundraising on behalf of an official Run for a Reason charity partner, a group of three or more team members will receive amenities that will enhance their race weekend experience. The Sidewalk Squad is a unique program that gives companies exposure in, involvement with, and recognition at Texas’ largest marathon in exchange for a tax deductible donation to one of the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason official charities.
Click here for more information about our Corporate Running Team program.
Click here for more information about our Sidewalk Squad Corporate Partner program.